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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1585

Dangers of Stroke exposed

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Haphazard eating habits lead to many diseases instead taking a balanced diet of adequate quantities would prevent such diseases, said Dr Renuka Jayatissa , Nutritionist, Medical Research Institute, speaking at the National Stroke Day 2010 held at Kanapathi Balika Vidyalaya, Aluth Kade, Colombo organized by the National Stroke Association of Sri Lanka (NSASL).

This year the National Stroke Day 2010 was marked by screening around 200 elderly persons from Aluth Kade area, an area with low income families, to detect possible traces of heart ailments/Stroke/Cardio-vascular diseases.

The National Stroke Day programme was led by the President of NSASL, Dr Padmini Gunaratne, Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital, along with a large number of Consultant Neurologists, Doctors , Nurses and other medical staff attached to the Neurology Unit, National Hospital.

Along with other activities, a new look brochure giving concise details about Stroke in Sinhala, English and Tamil was also launched.

Dr Jayatissa continuing her talk on Nutrition said that the diet should be appropriately adjusted to have a weight according to the usually prescribed height of a person. She said that those people who grow older should be more careful of their food that they eat and to check them growing fat, they should weigh themselves annually.

Balanced diet should be coupled with regular exercises to check one becoming fat, Dr Jayatissa stressed and said at least one should do 30 minutes of walking per day. She said to contain obesity, more and more vegetable and fruits should be consumed. When fish is consumed, small fish are better than expensive large fish.

Dr Jayatissa said that consumption of sugar, oil and milk should also be reduced. When drinking tea instead of adding three spoons, it should be reduced to one and it is not advisable to add milk at every time when drinking tea. She said that a maximum of five cups of tea is good and only one cup with milk should be consumed.

She said that for elders so much of milk is not necessary as there are other foods that are consumed contain certain amount of calcium that is required for the body. In the case of oil Dr Jayatissa said that Sri Lankans are in the habit of using coconut for preparing food. She said that coconut contains oil and when coconut milk is used for curries etc, no additional oil should be used.

At the outset Dr Guneratne welcoming all the participants outlined the abject danger that now causes in the society due to Stroke that is now taking catastrophic proportions of the second highest cause of death in the world and in Sri Lanka it is the third highest cause of hospital deaths. She said that in Sri Lanka Stroke could get the second place or further up as the deaths occurring at home and while under Ayurvedic treatment are not accounted for and not included in the statistics in compiling the figures.

She emphasized causes such as smoking, haphazard eating habits, aging, tobacco use lack of physical exercises that caused Stroke, the disease is preventable and also treatable. What is lacking in people is the awareness of the dangers of the disease, the prevention and treatments of those stroke victims.

She said that the special purpose of screening these people is to make the people aware and carry the message to others. Dr Gunaratne was emphatic and stressed the paramount importance of the public participation and their utmost assistance in the treatment of stroke victims.

She said that this deadly disease now swallows more than 5.7 million annually and said that if people do nothing this figure would enlarge into a staggering 7 million by another 10 years.

She said “There are clear indications for us to change our attitude towards Stroke, with the accommodation of the recent advances in the state of the art techniques for investigation and the treatment.

- Asian Tribune -

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